Takeoff for Bristol Airport 47-bed hotel plans which will fill ‘niche’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 September 2018

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Plans for a near 50-bedroom hotel near Bristol Airport have been approved by North Somerset Council.

Lily Developments has secured planning permission to demolish redundant buildings and build a three-storey hotel at The Forge, off the A38 at Lulsgate.

The site – which is adjacent to the former St Katherine’s School where a 54-bed hotel will be created – is being used as holiday accommodation with caravans and houses, but these will be torn down in favour of a new 47-bedroom complex.

The airport hopes to expand its passenger numbers from eight million to 12 million a year in the 2020s, with a growing need for accommodation for holidaymakers.

The proposals received the backing of Winford Parish Council, which called on North Somerset to grant planning permission.

The applicant’s design and access statement read: “This represents an excellent opportunity to make better use of a developed site and provide hotel accommodation in a sustainable location which benefits from good access to public transport and where there is an identifiable need.

“This short-stay accommodation fills a niche in the local market which is not provided for elsewhere locally.”

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